About Jeb Hensarling

A consistent conservative leader, Jeb Hensarling represents the 5th Congressional District of Texas. He currently serves as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee where he is a leader promoting consumer choice, competitive markets, and smart regulation in our financial markets.

Throughout his career, Jeb has stood strong in defending and advancing conservative principles – even if it meant taking on the leaders of the Republican Party. He has been recognized by con­servatives as a leader in the effort to abolish earmarks, which were dragging Congress into an ever-increasing culture of wasteful spending. The media has also noted Jeb’s conservative leadership:

  • The New York Times credited Jeb with "leading the GOP Vanguard against the bailout." Breitbart wrote, "GOP members had dozens of reasons to support Bush's push for TARP. There was only one real reason to oppose it: principle. That was enough for Hensarling and he chose to take his stand there."
  • The Associated Press said that Jeb "made cutting federal spending, ending earmarks and reducing the size of government his priorities before the tea party came into existence."

Through the years, Jeb has served his district and his colleagues in a number of leadership roles, including being elected by conservatives in the 110th Congress to chair the Republican Study Committee – the largest caucus in the House, organized for the purpose of advancing a conservative social and economic agenda.

As the new Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Jeb has made enacting the long-held conservative goal of abolishing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – the recipients of the largest government bailout in our nation's history– his top priority. This last July under Jeb's leadership, conservatives came one giant step closer to achieving that goal when the committee passed the "Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners Act," marking the farthest a bill to end Fannie and Freddie has ever advanced either the House or Senate. The Heritage Foundation praised Jeb's bill, saying it “protects both taxpayers and homeowners," while "advancing solid conservative solutions to one of our nation's most pressing problems and taking on the numerous special interests who benefit from the status quo."

Jeb and his wife, Melissa are members of St. Michael and All Angels Church, and they reside in East Dallas with their children Claire (11) and Travis (10).

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Party Republican

Education
Bachelor Degree in Economics - Texas A&M University
J.D. (Law) Degree - University of Texas

Family
Wife: Melissa
Children: Claire and Travis

Leadership Position in 113th Congress:
Financial Services Committee Chairman

"Dallas' Hensarling, 55, has advanced from rising star to fully arrived in a decade in the Congress. Now one of the most important Republicans there, he chairs the House Republican Conference and has established himself as a fiscal policy expert." — Dallas Morning News, October 2012